Top Hat Black
Cleveland, OH, 44110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow.
Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Dan Jones, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Jon Brown and percussionist Randall Moore. Zindle skillfully switches between violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and percussion, all while dancing around the stage, drawing the awe of audiences across the country.
The Ragbirds albums have received local and national praise, hailed "Highly impressive!" by USA Today and touted as "Astounding international eclecticism" by Reveal Arts. The Ragbirds were formed in 2005 with the release of "Yes Nearby." 2007's world-travel themed "Wanderlove" was Homegrown Music Network's #1 selling album in the fall of 2008. The 2009 international release of "Finally Almost Ready" saw the band invade Japan with the single "Book of Matches" reaching #1 on the charts in Osaka. In 2010 The Ragbirds reached yet another milestone in their young careers when they independently marketed and sold their 10,000th album.
The Ragbirds have performed in over 45 states to a tune of 150+ shows a year. Crisscrossing the nation in their converted diesel bus that runs on recycled waste vegetable oil, these festival favorites have performed at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Merlefest, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Hookahville, and more, and have shared the stage with Brandi Carlile, Blues Traveler, Xavier Rudd, Rusted Root, 311, Railroad Earth, Toubab Krewe, Hot Buttered Rum, The Duhks, and many others.
Top Hat Black
Top Hat Black cranks out bluesy soulful grooves featuring powerful female vocals in a manner reminiscent of such artists as the Alabama Shakes, Amy Winehouse, and Adele. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, the band has played Northeast Ohio’s top venues and stages, and garnered rave reviews of their throwback sound.
THB formed in 2013 when founding members Jessica Shetler and Jesse Hernandez set out to collaborate on a new project catering to their musical interests. Jessica's lyrics and Jesse's compositions proved to compliment each other well, and it wasn't long before the two had built a full set of songs that were turning heads. With the addition of Seneca Block (bass) and Sam Rodgers-Melnick (drums) to the band in 2015, and Nate Jones in 2016, THB established a solid group of core members who've helped further define its sound.
The band released its self-titled debut EP in August of 2014, and its second, "40¢ Mona," in 2017 which have been well-received locally and nationally. THB music can be heard on such traditional and online radio stations as 91.3 WYSO Dayton, 88.7 WJCU, 98.3 WVLP Valparaiso, 91.1 WRUW, 87.7 Cleveland Sound, and Radio Flote.